Our Mission: Offering compassionate, faith-based recovery services to mothers and their children.
Double Your Gift's Impact
Sojourner House celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. To honor the occasion, FISA Foundation has agreed to generously match donations from new or former donors, dollar for dollar, from now until the end of December.  

If you have never given to Sojourner House or if it has been two or more years since you last donated, please take advantage of this opportunity to double your gift.  Sojourner House must raise $20,000 between now and the end of the year in order to meet this challenge.

Visit our donations page to make your tax-deductible gift today. For more information, contact Laura Stephany, director of development, at 412.441.7783, extension 24 or lstephany@sjhpa.org.

Thanks to our supporters and to FISA Foundation!


Sojourner House 25th Anniversary Video
You can now watch and share Sojourner House's 25th anniversary film, " Fight Song." Set to Rachel Platten's song by the same name, the video debuted at the 12th Annual Victorian Tea. Carolyn Klasnick Brooks of Post Script Productions filmed and produced the video.

The video features founding board member Peggy Reding and staff member JoAnn English, who opened the doors to Sojourner House in 1991 and have remained centrally involved for 25 years. Sojourner House residents, volunteers, staff, and even children who grew up in the program in the 1990s participated in the filming, which took place over one day in February. Special thanks to Christina McLachlan, former Sojourner House staff member, who sparked the idea for this video!

Please share this moving celebration of Sojourner House's 25 years of transforming lives with friends and family. In addition to our website, you may also view the video on our Facebook Page. Thank you!
Thank you for reading Sojourner House's Newsletter.  In each issue, you'll learn about recent happenings at Sojourner House, as well as current and upcoming news and events.  For more information or if you have a suggestion, please contact Laura Stephany, director of development, at  lstephany@sjhpa.org

Hope Grows Here
When executive director Joann Cyganovich arrived at Sankofa on a late spring afternoon, she was greeted by the smiling faces of resident children. They were anxiously awaiting her arrival so they could begin planting the vegetable and flower gardens. 

While preparing the earth and planting, children learned where tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and other vegetables come from. They also learned about the best environment for these plants to thrive.
Administrative assistant, Lindsey Hayakawa, participated in the planting. She noted, "All of the kids got to plant something and water something. Everyone seemed excited to watch their plants grow! My favorite part was watching how the kids handled the young plants. I remember telling them, 'Be gentle! They are babies.' This garden will help them to understand the delicate life cycle of a plant. I also think that the garden will teach the children how to nurture a growing, living thing."

Cyganovich was impressed by the manner in which the children worked together, shared and followed directions: "When we were finished, I told the mothers, 'you must be doing a great job with your children because they are so cooperative and enthusiastic.' One of the mothers said, 'they just love doing organized activities; they don't get enough of them.'"

The Sankofa community garden was made possible thanks to a generous grant by PNC Bank. For information on volunteer gardening opportunities, contact volunteer coordinator, Liz Wasel, at 412.441.7783, extension 22, or ewasel@sjhpa.org.

You may now view the 2015 Sojourner House Annual Report on our website.  Click here to learn more about the organization's achievements during the last year, and to read original work written by a Sojourner House resident in Chatham University's Words Without Walls program.  

Special thanks to Ava Weiskopf for designing the report and to Martha Rial, Teake Zuidema, and Scott Smathers, whose photographs are featured in the report.  If you'd like a hard copy, please contact Laura Stephany, director of development, at lstephany@sjhpa.org.